tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS January 8, 2013 5:30pm-6:00pm PST
ng sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. they've never seen anything like it. government scientists said today that they're surprised by a jump in temperature that made 2012 the warmest year on record in the lower 48 states. changes in temperature usually come in tiny fractions of a degree. but the average for 2012, 55.3 degrees, beat the old 1998 record by one full degree. 2012 was also a near-record for weather disasters, including-r drought, wild fires, and storms. there were 11 disasters lastms year that topped $1 billion in damage each. only 1998 was worse. every state from coast to coast was affected. the west had devastating wild fires. in colorado, the most expensive
wild fire in state history destroyed more than 650 homes. new mexico's largest wild firer on record burned more than a quarter of a million acres. in march, tornadoes that tore across indiana, ohio, west virginia, and kentucky left 42 people dead. in late august, hurricane isaac came ashore near the mouth of the mississippi. nine deaths, 4,700 homes were damaged or destroyed. and of course, in october, super storm sandy brought a record storm surge to the new york and new jersey coast lines. 131 people were killed. 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. more than eight million homes and businesses lost power, some of them for weeks. so 2012 is in the record books. but the devastating drought continues. it covers 61% of the continental u.s.
the worst of it you see right there in darkest red. texas officials today had bad news for farmers who badly need water. anna werner has their story. >> what you see now, when it comes out of here, it will be white. >> reporter: the operationpe managed by harold ross dries the rice harvested by farmers around eagle lake, texas. b rice has been grown here since the 1800s, but few years have been as dry as the last two. >> we've been in business since 1947. i've never seen anything like this.ever i've never seen a point where we didn't have water enough to plant rice. >> reporter: rainfall in texas is more than 16 inches below normal. rice production statewide has dropped 37%. bu but the number that really counts is 11. that's how many people are not a working at the drying plant anymore because business is off by a third. th in the past, the rice farmers in southeast texas would routinely get water from reservoirs in central texas. >> we haven't had the rains upau north and north of austin.
when the lakes are a certain level, they won't allow us to get water or the producers to get water because the lakes are so low. >> reporter: marinas along lake travis have been left high and dry. businesses there depend on boaters and recreation. the lakes in central texas also supply drinking water for cities, including austin. >> i think some of the farms that's been in operation for years and through generationsns and everything else, without the water and everything else, that's going to slowly dwindle.in >> reporter: today, water management officials voted not to send water downstream to the farmers unless lake levels rise. it's the second year in a row they've said no.an and another season of worry at the rice-drying plant. worker norris powell supports a wife and four children. >> if we don't get no water, i don't have a job. and there's six other guys that t work here with me. we'll all be in the same boat. >> reporter: scott, forecasters expect the drought to continue until at least march for most of
texas. >> pelley: anna, thank you very much. climate change, of course, is also affecting the seas. and in california, we're going to have a look at the impact on whales and seals a little bit later in the broadcast. tonight, the official who exposed the illegal doping of lance armstrong says he received death threats and witnesses were intimidated as he tried to break a code of silence around the cyclist. travis tygart is the head of the u.s. anti-doping agency, which polices u.s. olympic sports. armstrong won the world's most grueling event, the tour de france, seven times. but after tygart's investigation, armstrong lostrt all of his titles. in his first interview, tygart spoke with us for the premiere of a new program called "60 minutes sports" on showtime. tygart says that armstrong was doping in his very first win at the tour de france in 1999..
the drug was e.p.o., which boosts endurance. >> six samples that were takenhat w from lance armstrong werewere re-tested in '05. and they were positive. >> reporter: in '99, when the tests were originally taken, was it reported that they were negative. >> there was no test for e.p.o. they were not tested for e.p.o. at that time. >> reporter: when you tested for them in 2005, you discovered? >> all six were flaming positive. >> pelley: "flaming positive." >> flaming positive. >> pelley: tygart told us that throughout the investigation witnesses were intimidated to try to keep the code of silence from breaking. was lance armstrong personally involved in intimidating these other riders to keep them quiet? >> he was. it was tough. all these witnesses were scared. of the repercussions of them rep simply telling the truth. >> pelley: what could lance armstrong do to them? >> incinerate them. >> ladies and gentlemen...
>> pelley: the former teammate levi felt the heat. he said he came to a cycling dinner after he testified to the grand jury. he says armstrong was there andth sent his wife a text that read "run, don't walk." what did she take it to mean? >> it's a veiled threat, knowinghrea her husband had just testified truthfully in front of a grand jury. and it told citizens of this country about this great fraud. it was a message-- "you better run." >> pelley: your investigation showed that there were personale threats made against riders who had decided to come clean. i wonder if there were any threats against you.reat >> there were, scott. t >> pelley: these threats came from where? >> emails, letters. >> pelley: anonymous. >> yeah. >> pelley: can you remember any of the lines from the emails or the letters?
>> the worst was probably putting a bullet in my head. >> pelley: did you take that seriously? >> absolutely. >> pelley: the rest of travis tygart's interview can be seen on the premiere of "60 minutes sports." that's tomorrow night at 10:00 on the showtime network. this was the second day of court testimony about the aurora colorado, movie theater massacre.yed prosecutors played 9-1-1 calls from the theater as they lay continued to lay out their case against james holmes. barry pederson was there and joins us outside the courthouse tonight.us barry. >> reporter: those 9-1-1 calls were terrifying and, frankly heartbreaking. some, myself included, could notur hold back our tears as we heard the sounds of gunfire and screaming, and the desperate efforts to save the wounded and the dying. the movie began at 12:20 a.m. police detective randy hanson
said the first 9-1-1 call came from kevin quinones. "there's some guy after us," he yells. "how long was the 9-1-1 call," the prosecutor asked? hanson-- "27 seconds." "did you count the number ofd gunshots," he was asked? hanson-- "i counted 30 gunshotson: in the background of the phone call." police were dispatched immediately. >> i got a whole punch of people shot out here.at no rescue. >> reporter: at 12:44, 13-year- old kaylan called 9-1-1. "my two cousins are sitting on the floor almost hysterical. one of them is not breathing." her six-year-old cousin was killed. her 25-year-old cousin, ashley moser, was shot and paralyzed. kaylan spoke to us two days after the attack, asking that we not use her last name. >> i was asking the person who was on top of the one i was trying to help if they couldn't move. but they kept saying that theyhey couldn't. they were numb.
i just was begging, the person "just please try. please. because we have to get out of here." >> reporter: on the 9-1-1 callr the dispatcher tried to explain c.p.r. "i can tell you how to do it," he says. "i can walk you through it." "i can't hear you," she answers, her voice desperate. "you need to do c.p.r. on your cousins." "i can't," she says. and then, there is screaming. t throughout the recordings, holmes stared straight ahead showing no emotion. other witnesses detailed how holmes started buying weapons in may, eventually amassing an arsenal of two handguns, a shotgun and a rifle, and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition. the defense asked about screening people to buy those weapons and ammo. for the first time, they used the phrase, "a severely mentally ill person." scott, that is the strongest indication yet that they may use a defense of insanity. >> pelley: barry, thank you. it was two years ago today that
a gunman opened fire on arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords in a meeting in tucson. today, the city remembered the victims. ( bell tolling ) bells rang for the 19 people who were shot. six of them died. giffords was severely wounded and stepped down from congress. today, giffords and her husband, former astronaut mark kelly, launched a political action committee aimed at stopping gun violence. in an opinion piece for "usa today," they wrote, "in responseic to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of americans and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a tucson parking lot, congress has done something quite extraordinary-- qu nothing at all." one woman who did get congress to act on gun control is sarah brady. she helped win passage of then brady law, which requires gun
owners to have background checks. wyatt andrews spoke with her today about gun safety after theer newtown shootings. >> i think it's a very big moment, a huge moment.ug >> reporter: perhaps no one o understands the politics of gun control better than sarah brady, a 28-year advocate for stronger gun control laws.l she became chairman of the brady center to prevent gun violence after her husband, jim brady was wounded and disabled during the assassination attempt onn president ronald reagan in 1981. the huge moment she sees is political, with the country still angered about the shootings in newtown connecticut. >> you can go your whole life and never know anyone who was ever shot. but when something happens liked what happened to these children, that wakes up every mom and dad, every aunt and uncle, brother and sister in the country. >> reporter: do you think what happened in newtown has changed
the politics in washington? >> i think that people are more willing to talk about it. >> reporter: that includes strong pro-gun politicians likeke senator joe manchin of west virginia, who famously carried and shot a gun in an ad for his 2010 campaign. manchin has told the president that, after newtown, he's open to reasonable gun control. do you think senator manchin's willingness to discuss gun control now, is that significant? >> if joe manchin is doing that, then more moderate members, for sure, on this particular issue are really thinking it over.king >> reporter: what kinds of laws do you think possible to pass congress right now? >> i think the background check is possible. and i think magazine and assault weapon bans are possible. >> reporter: what about that argument, that the assaultul weapons ban didn't preventen
something like columbine. it would not have prevented cho at virginia tech. >> the fact is no law is going to be perfect. >> reporter: the argument, ms. t brady, though, is that, don't pass them because they don't work. >> but they do help. if they save any lives, they're worth it. >> reporter: brady believes that gun control legislation will still be extremely difficult to pass, even with the memories ofpowe newtown still fresh, because of the power of the n.r.a., because of the strong national tradition in support of gun rights, scott. she believes the president and vice president will be fighting this legislative battle uphill. >> pelley: thank you, wyatt. the national rifle association says that laws restricting gun ownership are not the answer. the n.r.a. has proposed putting armed guards in schools.ls on thursday, vice president biden will meet with the n.r.a. biden has been asked by president obama to come up with new ideas to reduce gun violence.
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but twice in two days, 787s have been grounded for safety problems. elaine quijano has been looking into that for us. >> by all accounts, the boeing 787 dream liner encompasses the o latest in aviation technology, including a greater reliance on electrical systems than in previous planes. but this week has been a bad one for the aircraft. 189 people were on board the boeing 787 this afternoon at boston's logan airport when roughly 40 gallons of fuel spilled as it was taxiing to the runway. day the plane was a japan airlines flight headed to tokyo. it was towed back to the gate. the leak comes a day after another incident at logan airport. the cabin of a different japand airlines 787 filled with smoke minutes after passengers disembarked. authorities say a fire broke out in the belly of the plane.
because of that, united airlines conducted overnight inspections of its 787s. all six are flying today. united is the only american airline to fly the dream liner. its inaugural flight was november 4. only a month later, a united 787 made an emergency landing in new orleans. united said one of six s generators on the plane failedd and the 787 never lost power. as for yesterday's fire, released a statement saying "j.a.l."-- japan airlines"-- has reported that smoke was traced to the battery used to start the auxiliary power unit." boeing also says it's found no evidence to suggest any connection between yesterday's fire and the generator failure in december. scott, the f.a.a. is investigating both the fire and the fuel leak this week. >> pelley: elaine, thank you. and we will be right back. back.
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one of a handful of places on the california coast where elephant seals spend time onshore. park ranger anela ramos. what's special about this place that makes it appealing to elephant seals? >> the elephant seals come here to mate and also to give birth. >> reporter: but climate change may have an impact on this elephant seal population boom. rising sea levels could threaten a creature that spends most of its life at sea. researchers say by 2050, a one- to two-foot sea level rise brought on by melting polar ice could endanger about half the elephant seal habitat here. but the gray whales that swim right past point reyes on their annual migration from alaska to mexico may already be showing physical signs of climate change. alisa schulman janiger has been studying the whales for 30 years. >> they can be used as a sentinel species for giving us an idea of what's going on with climate change in the arctic. >> reporter: researchers tracking whales from the air
are spotting some that appear underfed. scientists say changing ice patterns in the arctic may be keeping the whales out of their usual feeding grounds. >> and a few whales we have even seen their scapular or shoulder blades sticking out. you're not supposed to be seeing shoulder blades and ribs on a whale. >> reporter: what's going on here below the surface may be more important than what's happening above. john blackstone, cbs news, point reyes, california. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captions by: caption colorado firstname.lastname@example.org >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. >> authorities have had their first full day to figure out why an oil tanker bumped into the bay bridge yesterday. and we're learning the man guidings the ship is no stranger to maritime mishaps. cbs 5 reporter joe vazquez is
on treasure island with a look at the record of the ship's bar pilot. >> reporter: the 61-year-old guy kleess told his colleagues several things happened yesterday. first he says it was clear when they set sail but fog quickly descended upon the vessel as they approached the bay bridge. that coincided with a strong current that then knocked the vessel sideways into the tower of the bridge. now, coast guard investigators have met with mr. kleess today and they have spent some time examining the vessel itself. >> we continue to look for pollution and there is none which is just great news for all of us here in the bay area. >> reporter: the u.s. coast guard continues to lead the investigation into what has been described as a scrape between an oil tanker, empty of oil, and the bay bridge. what made that tanker go sideways into a bridge tower yesterday morning? there are many possibilities. >> we're looking at the vessel itself. we'll consider the weather. we'll look at the gps. >> reporter: and they are talking to the bar pilot, who according to the board of pilot commissioners is a very
experienced navigator who has had a few previous scrapes. >> captain kleess was involved in three incidents. they were all very minor incidents. in the sacramento river he briefly brushed the bank. could happen to any river pilot. >> reporter: on august 27th, 2009, kleess was piloting a 560- foot bulk carrier the sh grace up the sacramento river and brushed against the bank. the state found no pilot error. two days later he was guiding a 609-foot ship into the port of stockton. it appears an underwater portion of the bow made contact with an underwater portion of a wooden pylon and damaged the catwalk. then on may 26, 2010, captain kleess was on another ship going into the richmond inner harbor, a trainee doing the work and kleess was supervising when a tugboat hit bottom and scraped some paint off the bottom of the tug.